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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Apr 18, 2013 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stupid tech question

The OS shouldn't have anything to do with being able to copy files. Check to see that the file formats are compatible. Depending on how old the WD drive is, it may be using a FAT 32 file structure and your PC may be NTFS.

That shouldn't affect the ability to see the files, but it will definitely affect the transfer rate. You may just be seeing a lag while Windows is trying to copy all of the files.

Try selecting a single show and copying it over. If it copies successfully, you may just be having an issue with the amount of data you are selecting all at once to copy over. If a small file copies fine, try increasing the size of the chunks you are copying. It's cumbersome, but it should work.

When I shifted my files, it took almost 8 hours to copy 750 MB from one external HD to another, but that was almost entirely due to a FAT 32 vs. NTFS file structure mismatch. FAT 32 formatted drives get real squirrelly when they get close to being full. Once I reformatted the new external hard drive in NTFS, it was much quicker.

Hope this helps.

This post was modified by Mandojammer on 2013-04-18 20:09:26

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Apr 18, 2013 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stupid tech question

Thanks Mando. I did manage to get a few non music files transferred over, and it say "your data have been correctly copied", but all the shows are just empty folders. I tried a single show, but, again, an empty file. And, yeah, if I figure it out, it's going to take a long time.

How did you reformat the external?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Apr 18, 2013 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stupid tech question

Short answer....I googled it.

I was going from and older HD to new HD external. It was several years ago and both file systems were still being used. The old one was NTFS, the new one was FAT 32. The steps to format the new one in NTFS was pretty straight forward and it didn't take too long.

The other thing to check is to see if the files are "Hidden" or are Read Only/write protected. Given that you can see them to copy them it sounds like they aren't. Right click on the folder, select "Properties". Down at the bottom you will see "Attributes" with a block for Read Only, Hidden and Archive. If there is a solid black check for Read Only or Hidden, deselect it. You may get a prompt asking if you want to apply it to subordinate folders and files - if so say yes.

That should work.

Can you select a single music file track and copy it successfully?

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Apr 18, 2013 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stupid tech question

Couldn't get to a single file either with the way it was.

I'm going to have to start over, do another sync with my old computer. I deleted the external, tried one show, and it worked this time. Not sure what happened to all those files to make them not want ot budge.

Thanks a lot for the help Mando. You're a good man.